Control your iOS autocorrect Control your iOS autocorrect

There are thousands of memes and funny pictures depicting the embarrassing situations that the autocorrect feature on your smartphone can create. However, despite its many epics fails, there are still numerous situations where the function will also come in handy. This means that the best solution for you is to spend a bit of time and configure exactly how the autocorrect works on your iOS device. Here's a short guide how to do this:

Keep using it

I know that it sounds like a dumb suggestion, but the iOS autocorrect system actually uses machine learning algorithms to figure out how you type, what are the words that you use often, what you usually talk about, etc. This means that the more you use it, the more it will understand you and the less erroneous automatic corrections it will make. Additionally, if you have the time and the patience, you can also open a text document and type the words that usually get wrongfully autocorrected several times, so that the system understand that this is what you actually mean to write.

Resetting your keyboard

Unfortunately, the fact that the system learns from you can also have bad results. For example, if you generally use a foul language, whenever you actually mean to write words like "duck", "puck", "tuck", etc. they could get automatically changed to something else. If you can't take it anymore and the situation aggravates you more and more, the best solution for you is to completely reset your keyboard. To do this, simply open the device's Settings, then go to General->Reset and tap the Reset Keyboard Dictionary button. Just remember that this solution will make the autocorrect forget everything that it has ever learned from you.

Disabling the autocorrect

If you've really had enough and you're sure that you're better off on your own, it's best to completely disable the autocorrect feature. If you want to do that, go to Settings->General->Keyboard, then look for the Auto-Correction slider and put it in the off position. While you're in that menu, in case you're someone who generally uses shortened words, you may also disable the Auto-Capitalization feature and if you're annoyed by the word and emoji suggestions that you see while typing, you can deactivate the Predictive Text functionality.

Text Replacement

In case you notice that the autocorrect is constantly modifying a word that you're using frequently, the best way to stop that from happening is by using the Text Replacement feature. First, go to Settings->General->Keyboard, then tap the Text Replacement button. Now, press the Plus button to create a new entry, type the word that constantly gets changed in the Phrase field, leave the Shortcut field blank and tap the Save button. This will force the autocorrect to accept the respective word "as is".

There you have it, friends, now you know how to control the autocorrect on your iOS device and, hopefully, you'll be able to avoid some embarrassing situations when texting with friends or sending secret messages.